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Ford's new concept uses drones and self-driving vans for deliveries

LBR Staff Writer Published 01 March 2017

Ford has unveiled plans to combine drones and autonomous vehicles for deliveries.

The Autolivery concept is part of the company’s ‘City of Tomorrow’ scheme, designed to improve the efficiency of living through the application of modern technology, particularly in urban areas.

Self-driving vans can quickly and effectively transport multiple products ranging from groceries to medicines, while drones can deliver packages in hard-to-reach places.

Shanghai-based Ford designers Euishik Bang, James Kuo and Chelsia Lau have developed the new concept, in response to the firm’s Last Mile Mobility Challenge.

Developed to tackle the last mile challenge, the new service can overcome the challenge of the last 15m in goods delivery.

Multiple firms are currently working to resolve the complexity of delivering packages of the last 15m or from kerb to door.

The new Autolivery service is expected to improve the lives of consumers with smart connected homes, said the company.

Ford Motor Company research and advanced engineering vice president Ken Washington said: “Ford has at its heart a culture of disruption and innovation designed to come up with solutions that put people first, to save them time, money and aggravation, and also to make our cities easier to navigate and better to live in.

“While the scene shown today is not yet possible, ‘Autolivery’ suggests how our ongoing mobility research could enrich our lives in a more sustainable ‘City of Tomorrow’.”

Image: Ford’s new Autolivery concept will engage self-driving vans and drones to collect and deliver packages. Photo: courtesy of Ford.